Hull York Medical School
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: H75
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
Applicants: 1010
Interviews: 566
Offers: 290
Places: 189
Academic entry requirement:

8 GCSEs at grade A*-C or equivalent.

English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade B or above.

AAA at A level to include Biology and Chemistry, taken concurrently with a 4th subject at AS level Grade B or above **.

If you are applying with predicted A level grades, you must be predicted to achieve AABb or above, though any offer made would be for AAAb.

For the third A2 subject we consider all subjects equally, but do not accept General Studies, Applied Science, Citizenship or Critical Thinking.

Applicants must take the UKCAT in the year of application.

Applicants with a UKCAT Situational Judgement Test band of 4 (i.e. the lowest band) will not be considered.

** For 2017 – entry, the requirement for a 4th subject at AS-level will cease.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: John Hughlings Jackson Building,
University of York,
Heslington, York, North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

T: 01904 32 1690
Key attribute of medical institute: The University of Hull had aspirations for a new medical school from the mid-1970s, but it was only when the decision was taken to found four new medical schools in the UK that this became a reality with the exciting opportunity to combine the strengths of both Hull and York.
Course Structure:

Phase 1

In your first two years, you'll be based at either the University of Hull or the University of York.

More about campus allocation

Phase I is based on problem-based learning (PBL) sessions. These are stimulating, educational, and popular with students. You'll be working in groups of eight or nine, alongside an experienced clinical tutor. The PBL sessions are supported by lectures, resource sessions and workshops.

More about PBL

You'll also have clinical skills sessions each week. These are an opportunity to acquire clinical skills in a university setting. Around half the sessions focus on communication skills, and involve working with a clinician tutor and a simulated patient (actor). You'll receive detailed feedback from your tutor, from the simulated patients and from your fellow students. You will also acquire physical examination skills by performing peer physical examination – that is, by examining one another.

In your first year, you'll spend half a day each week on clinical placement, alternating between general practice and hospital sites. In your second year, you'll spend a full day on placement each week.

More about clinical placements

Phase 2

Phase II is the moment you've been waiting for: full exposure to clinical medicine! Our five locality sites in Hull, York, Grimbsy, Scarborough and Scunthorpe allow you to experience a wide range of disease and illness in a diverse social setting. You'll work each week both in general practice, where new and existing patients first make contact, and on the hospital wards.

In both settings, you'll practice your examination, history-taking and problem-solving skills on real patients. You'll also learn essential clinical skills such as taking blood, inserting intravenous cannulas and bladder catherisation taught by dedicated specialist skills tutors across the sites.

Meanwhile, our problem-based approach continues. Patient presentations are assigned to each block and link pathophysiology, clinical features and differential diagnosis. Your knowledge acquisition is supported by more formal teaching sessions in pharmacology, therapeutics, evidence-based medicine, illness, and communication masterclasses. 

Phase 3

This phase starts with something you'll have been planning for some time: your elective period!

More about electives and studying abroad

When you return from your elective and start your final year at HYMS, you'll be the junior member (assistant intern) of a medical team. In this role, you'll rotate through general medicine, general surgery and general practice. You'll become more experienced in the skills required of a junior doctor, and you'll gain valuable experience of working closely with a multidisciplinary team. Your working hours will be similar to those of a junior doctor, including on-call and shift arrangements.

On surgical attachments, you should have opportunities to take part in pre-operative and post-operative care, and you'll be allocated patients for whom you are responsible, following these patients to theatre. In general practice, you'll see patients in surgery, taking responsibility for a range of common conditions under the supervision of the GP. You'll gain experience of prescribing, how to diagnose and manage patients' conditions in a variety of settings, and how to perform the kinds of routine medical procedures that are part of a junior doctor's role.

After you've taken your final exams, you'll begin the final phase of your undergraduate training. This consists of an assistantship which will help to prepare you for your role as a junior doctor.

Hull York Medical School